Cowboy Caviar


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Cowboy Caviar from What's Gaby Cooking - a super easy summer side dish!

Happy hump day folks! I’m pumped for numerous reasons today!

1: I’ve got a new video for ya and it’s one of my all time favorite summer side dishes, Cowboy Caviar.

2: I’m spending the day with my aunt and uncle and cousins out in Virginia doing some fun and fabulous things. I only get to see this part of my family about once a year, which is seriously not enough, but when I do get to see them, it always makes me happy.

3: I’ve got a new party nail and it gives me a lot of joy. I realize how weird this is, but it’s the small things people. Those make me the happiest.

4: Next week I’m heading to Michigan and I plan to eat my body weight in cherries. That’s totally normal right?

5: I’ve been making this fav side dish of mine like popcorn recently. It’s the go-to dish of the week here at the WGC kitchen and I can’t get enough. I even went so far as to bring a mason jar full of Cowboy Caviar on the plane today so I could have a healthy and nutritious lunch sometime and somewhere over the middle of the country as I flew out to the East Coast.

6: I think today is my lucky day and my arm is FINALLY going to stop throbbing with pain. I got a boat load of shots on Monday to prep for my Africa trip in a few weeks and it feels like someone took a baseball bat to my upper right arm and went to town. (More on the Africa trip this weekend!)

7: Thursday I’m going to be spending the day with the fine folks over at Sabra and eating a whole lotta hummus and other awesome things. It’s bound to get messy and awesome. I can’t wait.

8: My sister’s moving to Austin in 1 week. And while I’m really excited for her, I’m also super excited that I get to go visit her and overstay my welcome on a regular basis. Sister of the year award – right here!

9: Breaking Bad starts in less than 1 month people. LESS THAT ONE MONTH. Yes, I’m yelling. I’m freaking STOKED.

10: I ran out of things to say. So I’ll leave ya with my latest video on WGC for Cowboy Caviar! It’s my fav side dish and it’s loaded with corn, red bell peppers, black beans, red onions, cilantro and AVOCADO!!! It’s gonna rock your face off and you’re going to be equally as obsessed as I am with it. You should totally make it tonight and serve it alongside some grilled chicken, or fish. Kthanksbye.

and here’s the handy dandy printable:

Vegetarian Cowboy Caviar



  • 2 cups fresh corn cut off the cob
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 avocado cut into small pieces
  • 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the corn, bell pepper, and sauté for about 4-5 minutes until the vegetables are just cooked.
  • Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the sautéed vegetables, red onion, avocado and black beansand gently mix.
  • Juice the lemon over the vegetable mixture and stir in the chopped cilantro and toss to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper as needed and spoon into mason jars to serve. This salad can be served warm, chilled or at room temperature.

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet

    Ahh that looks so refreshing! I bet it is amazing with some feta. 🙂

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  3. Maria

    Looks good to me! Great side to any meal…or I could just eat this and be content!

  4. Monika

    This looks absolutely divine!! I really love the zucchini and the feta is a great idea. I see lots of this in my future!

  5. Kath

    I’m thinking this would be a refreshing side dish to go with my Easter ham. I love that you can make it ahead. Does the lemon juice successfully keep the avocado from turning brown when it’s made ahead?

    • Gaby

      Kath – Yes the lemon juice helps to keep the avocado from turning brown! Happy Easter!! Enjoy the dish!

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  7. Sara @ OurPrivateKitchen

    Yum! This looks great Gaby; what a great way to use seasonal ingredients! Reminds me about a dish that my Mom would make. Basically the same ingredients but without the zucchini and adding in some black eyed peas. Delish!

    • Gaby

      Michael – I add black beans to this salad all the time!! Its a great way to make the salad last even longer. Usually when I add black beans I serve it with a cilantro marinated steak and a big margarita!

  8. michael

    omg, that sounds amazing. when is your restaurant opening again?? lol

  9. Kate @ Savour Fare

    Funny. My cowboy caviar always had black eyed peas in in. (In fact, I read your headline, said “ooh, I should post about that” and then realized I did, on New Year’s, but I didn’t call it cowboy caviar.) But this looks fantastic — a perfect healthy salsa for summer!

  10. Anya

    I’m going to have to try to make this, I have all the ingredients!

  11. Double Dipped Life

    I would have to leave out the avocado, but I can add it back to mine at the dinner table! I think this would be fabulous on chicken! Thanks!

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    Hi Gaby,

    YUM!!! This is one of my favorite dishes – I love that the longer it sits the better it gets!! I’ve always made mine with a balsamic vinaigrette and black eyed peas – but I love the idea of a lemon vinaigrette- much more refreshing for summer!!

  13. megan

    This looks so fresh and delicious. I always wanted to try this but have just never made it. Now I’m wondering why I haven’t. You can bet I will soon though! Happy Easter to you Gaby!

  14. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Of course I would eat this cowboy caviar! Right up my alley……would toss it in a giant green salad with the feta you mentioned and a nice piece of grilled salmon 🙂 xxoo

  15. ashley

    this looks amazingly refreshing! its definitely spring time! 🙂

  16. Megan

    That looks so good. Can’t wait for fresh veggies! I think I would toss in some tomatoes too, and I love your feta on top idea.

  17. KristenK

    Made this dish over the weekend for a friends/family gathering. It was a hit and they all requested it for our upcoming reunion. Thanks for the inspiration! I will add jalapeños next time I make this for my husband and I at home. We ate it with Tostios Hint of Jalapeño Scoop Chips and it was perfect!

    Thanks Gaby!

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    I made this last night and just had the leftovers for lunch! It was so good, even the avocado the next day!

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  24. Kristi

    Looks simple and delicious. You can’t ask for anything more 🙂

  25. Kevin @ Closet Cooking

    With so many of my favourite ingredients, this is a must make!

  26. Marian (Sweetopia)

    Oh my gosh, you’re so cute! Love the recipe and the video!

  27. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    I was like, “What’s a party nail” and then I clicked over and cracked up:). And you are the 2nd person in a few days I’ve heard talk about Breaking Bad…have to watch this.

    • Gaby

      party nails are totally the new trend 🙂 I’m starting it!

  28. Heather Christo

    Absolutely love the video!!! plus it made me want to make that cowboy caviar asap!!

  29. Julie @ Table for Two

    LOVE this video!! you’re seriously so cute and funny! i can’t wait to have dinner with you in August 🙂 i want to make this now!

  30. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

    How great!!! This looks amazing and great for summer!

  31. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Such a great recipe and video, Gaby! This is a staple at our BBQs here in Austin, and I love the flavors in yours! So scrumptious!

  32. naomi

    You know I love this recipe!!! The vid is awesome. And you are going to Africa??? I’m way jealous!!

  33. Yvette

    That is such a darn cute video Gaby! Great job! We make a similar black bean side dish — its so simple and goes a long way for a party.